Steve McQueen's Mangrove, the first film from his Small Axe collection, will premiere on BBC One and iPlayer on Sunday, November 15.
The Small Axe collection consists of five original films – Mangrove, Lovers Rock (released November 22), Education (November 29), Alex Wheatle (December 6) and Red, White and Blue (December 13).
The films are set between the 196os and mid-1980s and each tell a story centring on London's West Indian community, "whose lives have been shaped by their own force of will, despite rampant racism and discrimination".
"The seed of Small Axe was sown 11 years ago," said McQueen. "Initially, I had conceived of it as a TV series, but I realised these stories had to stand alone as original films yet at the same time be part of a collective.
"The anthology, anchored in the West Indian experience in London, is a celebration of all that that community has succeeded in achieving against the odds."
He added: "Although all five films take place between the late '60s and mid-'80s, they are just as much a comment on the present moment as they were then.
"They are about the past, yet they are very much concerned with the present. A commentary on where we were, where we are and where we want to go."
Small Axe will air each film on a weekly basis starting from November 15 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
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